Despite their ongoing battle for Premier League survival in 2022/23, West Ham find themselves in contention for potential European glory this season in the UEFA Europa Conference League.
Following their incredible run to the Europa League semifinals last season, David Moyes is enjoying another strong European campaign in what has proved to be a positive distraction from their league form.
West Ham have not won a major title, either domestically or on the continent, since 1980, when Trevor Brooking's winning goal secured the FA Cup. West Ham remain the last non-top-flight team to win the competition.
Moyes' men reached the Europa League semifinals in 2021/22, losing out to eventual winners Eintracht Frankfurt, and they are through to the same stage in the Europa Conference League this season, up against Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar.
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Have West Ham ever won a European trophy?
Despite their struggles to win a trophy in the last four decades, West Ham do boast some European silverware from years gone by.
One of the Hammers' most historic achievements came in their 1965 UEFA European Cup Winners' Cup trophy win, thanks to Alan Sealey's winning goals in the final against Bundesliga side 1860 Munich.
5️⃣3️⃣ years ago we won the European Cup Winners' Cup! 🏆🙌 pic.twitter.com/WosePqo21K— West Ham United (@WestHam) May 19, 2018
West Ham also won the UEFA Intertoto Cup back in 1999 after being granted a spot in the competition by Europe's governing body.
The now defunct tournament was a regular feature of the 1990s European calendar, and after beating Finnish side Jokerit and Dutch team Heerenveen, they squeezed past Metz as one of three 'final winners'.
West Ham European competition history
West Ham's first season in European football secured a first title, via the 1965 Cup Winners' Cup, but their record since then has not come remotely close, with struggles on the continental stage.
The Hammers have never qualified for the European Cup/Champions League during their long history and it took until 1999/2000 to reach the UEFA Cup (the UEFA Europa League's predecessor).
Moyes is by far the club's most successful manager in modern European action, with their semifinal defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt last year a landmark step for the club in the Premier League era, despite their eventual disappointment.
*Data as of May 10, 2023
|UEFA Competition||Games Played||Wins||Draws||Losses||Best finish|
|European Cup Winners' Cup||30||15||6||9||Winners (1965)|
|Intertoto Cup||6||4||1||1||Winners (1999)|
|UEFA Cup/Europa League||28||10||4||11||Semifinal (2022)|
|UEFA Conference League||12||11||1||0||TBC|
West Ham best European finish
The 1965 European Cup Winners' Cup glory came at a high point in West Ham's history, on the back of winning the 1964 FA Cup with a team that included two of England's 1966 World Cup winners.
Bobby Moore captained West Ham and England during his stellar career with Geoff Hurst famously scoring the winning goal against West Germany at Wembley.
However, aside from another European Cup Winners' Cup final appearance — losing out to Anderlecht in the 1976 final — West Ham had generally vanished from the European picture prior to Moyes' return in 2017.
Successive semifinals in European action is by far the best record of any West Ham manager in recent years and Moyes' charges are in with a chance of glory this season, if they can make it through to the final, against either Fiorentina or FC Basel.